International Flavour to Kilcullen 2019 Parade as international town twinning guests arrive from Saint-Contest, Normandy

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International Flavour to Kilcullen 2019 Parade as international town twinning guests arrive from Saint-Contest, Normandy
By Rose Barrett 13:00 Friday 15th of March 2019

The celebrations begin today for Kilcullen's St Patrick's Day Celebrations as Kilcullen's twinning partners arrive from Saint-Contest Normandy including their Mayor and four Councillors. A signing of the Charter will take place at the St Patricks Day' Parade on Sunday, 17.

But there's a whole weekend of celebrations and entertainment in conjunction with 'Kilcullen 700' celebrations.  The Valley Fairy Trail for Kilcullen will launch tomorrow,  Saturday, March 16 at 2.30pmn with St Patrick’s Day Parade expected to be the biggest ever.

“We would love to see the kids dress up as fairies for the event” said Antoinette Buckley of the Kilcullen 700 Festival Committee. “All welcome on the day; then we will have an afternoon tea party in An Tearmann at 3.30pm for the kiddies”. The Fairy Trail is an initiative of Kilcullen Community Action/KCA with Ger Doyle carpenter having made all the doors and houses which Antoinette painted and decorated. Kilcullen Knitting Club have yarn bombed the trail with some fab little characters hiding in the trees and some funky bunting.

Twinning Guests

“We will be delighted to have our twinning guests join us on the Review Stand on Sunday – said JJ Warren, Parade Committee member and MC for the parade. “Our Grand Marshall on the day will be Pat Lynch, our eldest citizen who will be joined by Porkie (Michael) Lambe, our Lord Mayor plus local dignitaries, etc.

“The parade starts at the earlier time of 11.30am and as we held no parade last year, there’s great interest out there this year! Already, we have 45 floats/participating groups confirmed and we may even have more!

“Our theme is “United Nations of Kilcullen: Building Bridges” for this year. We have 10 different nationalities living in the area representing their country of birth. I think this is a great initiative, promoting inclusion within our community. You can expect to see these groups participate and maybe present their national music, dance and music.

“As always, the competition is fierce between the local businesses for Best Overall Float. We also have Best Business Float, Best Club Float and Best Group – rumour has it The Spout are planning something special, as are Auntie Annie’s Creche and of course, Nolan’s always have something up their sleeve! Notably, the RAGS, Kilcullen GAA are submitting a float this year, not just a walking group.”

The winner of the best overall float will be presented with the Sarah Swayne Perpetual Cup by the late Sarah’s parents. Sarah, a former student of CPC died aged only 19 years having fought cancer over a number of years.

“An Army Colour Party will lead the parade, they’ll be first past the reviewing stand”  added JJ. “The Parade Committee entails Noel Clare, Ray de Courcy, Steve Kinneavey and Fergus Ryan. We really are hoping for an extra special parade this year, what with no parade held last year but this being the year of ‘Kilcullen 700’, we’ re expected our best year ever”

Please note, the River Café will open on St Patrick's Day from 8.30am for breakfast.   If you’d like to enter a float, please email [email protected], business float and community organisations welcome or phone JJ at 087 755 8896 or any of the festival committee immediately.

Featured photo from 2017 parade of Kilcullen Dramatic Society,  photo Aishling Conway

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